Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
Clark is a gently smart guy who looks like an extra from Deliverance, only friendly. He starts, as you might assume, by reading the phonebook – the Vancouver version.
He times his segue into other phonebook-related material perfectly, just as we are starting to panic that this is going to be the whole show. We get some phonebook-related stories (and nearly a phonebook-related psychic occurrence), advice on phonebook violence and some wanders down memory lane.
An hour with Graham Clark is like an hour with a mate who just happens to be standing 10ft away from you. This is a perfect Fringey way to spend an evening – with a deceptively relaxed comic who really understands how to craft a show.
Clark was once told he needs to end his performance on a “flourish”. And so we get a burst of a parodied Modern Major General. Both Gilbert and Sullivan will be birling in their graves. But laughing.
Assembly George Square (Venue 17) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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